Elements of Ecology

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“Live Alone and Like It” is a slogan that no living thing can adopt. Every plant and animal is subject to both the living and the non-living influences of its surroundings. Every organism depends upon its environment to supply it with vital materials and energy. Every living being must share its world with members of its own species and with members of other species be they friend or foe. Man is no exception. Man is surrounded by many kinds of living things, and he must derive his needs from the world around him.

Man must learn to live in adjustment with his fellow men, and with the plants and animals of his environment, and to use his natural resources judiciously, or he will be exterminated. Obviously, then, the interrelations of the organism and its environment are crucial; and ecology, which is the study of these interrelations, is of great significance. Yet few books are available which deal with the general principles of the whole subject. Most of the books in the field of ecology treat primarily either “plant ecology” or “animal ecology.” But animals cannot get along without plants, and plants are almost always vitally influenced by animals. Man is dependent upon both.

About Book

Title: Elements of Ecology
Author: Geoge L. Clarke
Length: 560 pages
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (1 December 1965)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471159751
ISBN-13: 978-0471159759

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